Roopkund Trek

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Uttarakhand

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Roopkund Trek

+5% GST

₹ 14500

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Meals

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Camping

Uttarakhand

8 days

Easy To Moderate

53 km

May to October

15700 ft.

About Roopkund Trek

When it comes to the most popular treks in India, the Roopkund trek is the answer. Roopkund is also known as Mystery Lake which is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a high-altitude glacial lake where you can still find hundreds of human skeletons at the edge of the lake. Present in the lap of the Trishul mountain range, the trek to Roopkund should be definitely on your trekking list. Recognized around the world for its eye-catching scenic beauty and mysterious surroundings, the maximum height of the Roopkund trek is 5029m. In case, you are looking for one of the best sites for trekking in the Garhwal region then consider the Roopkund trek without having a second thought. Roopkund is closer to beautiful hill stations like Kathgodam and Nainital. Roopkund is located at a distance of just 217km from Nainital and 235km from Kathgodam. Right from Lohajung, the trek to Roopkund begins. Lohajung is a small pass that is nestled at 16,449 feet above sea level in the region of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is a shallow lake of almost 2 meters in depth and is the most famous lake in the whole of Uttarakhand. Some people also call the Roopkund Trek as Skeleton Trek because of the presence of several skeletons in and around this lake. You will also find that Roopkund Lake is perfectly surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-covered mountains. Trekking in India and selecting the Roopkund trek is a thrilling journey that you must experience at least once in your lifetime. While trekking, you will pass through several beautiful and exotic locations which will leave you stunned. The trail of Roopkund will take you through breathtaking dark forests that will suddenly lead you to Ali and Bedni Bugyal which is the most gorgeous high-altitude meadow in India. This trek will take you towards the Pindar River where you can enjoy natural & lush green surroundings and a pleasant breeze, giving your senses a soothing effect. Not only this, but Roopkund is also a charming, attractive, and delightful tourist destination in the Himalayan region. All the time, Roopkund Lake is covered with ice which enhances the beauty of this place. If you want to experience some adventure in your life then go for a Roopkund trek as it is an enjoyable traveling destination in India. While trekking, you will find some plains or flat regions, where you can camp during the night right under the open sky. You will also get the golden opportunity to see Bedni Bugyal and Trishul if the weather is not foggy. While trekking to Roopkund, you can find several grazing lands for mules, horses, and sheep. On the slopes of the surrounding mountains, you will find beautiful waterfalls. For experienced trekkers only, the Roopkund trek is recommended because of the moderate difficulty level. Thus, May-June and September-October are the best months to plan the Roopkund trek.

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FAQs

The Roopkund Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, renowned for its mysterious glacial lake known as Roopkund, which is famous for the skeletal remains visible at its bottom.

The Roopkund Trek typically spans around 7-8 days, covering a distance of approximately 53 kilometers round trip, depending on the chosen itinerary and pace of the trek.

The highest point reached during the Roopkund Trek is Roopkund Lake itself, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,785 meters (15,700 feet) above sea level, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The best time to embark on the Roopkund Trek is typically from May to October (except monsoon season), during the summer and early autumn months when the weather is favorable, and the trekking trails are accessible.

Yes, permits are required for the Roopkund Trek as it passes through the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Trekkers need to obtain permits from the forest department or authorized agencies before commencing the trek.

Challenges during the Roopkund Trek include steep ascents and descents, crossing snowfields and moraines, navigating rugged terrain, and adapting to high-altitude conditions. Trekkers should be prepared both physically and mentally to tackle these challenges.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended to have a moderate level of fitness and some experience trekking in the Himalayas to fully enjoy and safely complete the Roopkund Trek.

Roopkund Lake is known for the skeletal remains visible at its bottom, believed to be the result of a catastrophic event. These skeletal remains, along with the pristine beauty of the lake and its surroundings, attract trekkers and researchers from around the world.

Yes, the Roopkund Trek passes through several remote villages inhabited by indigenous Himalayan communities, offering opportunities to experience the local culture, traditions, and hospitality.

Essential items to pack for the Roopkund Trek include appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy trekking boots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, water bottle, first aid kit, sunscreen, and personal medications. Additionally, carrying high-energy snacks and a headlamp or flashlight is advisable.

The starting point of the Roopkund trek is typically Lohajung, a small village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Pickup points for the trek are commonly arranged in both Kathgodam and Rishikesh, from where transportation is provided to Lohajung.

Roopkund Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

In the morning, pick up from Kathgodam and reach Lohajung which is almost 220km away. This journey is going to take almost 10 hours with one or two breaks. The road is going to take you through the Kumaon region and wide spread valleys of Shivalik Himalaya. The road will further take you to Gwaldam which comes under the administration district Garhwal. This beautiful road takes you through forests of coniferous as well as unrelenting curves. Remember the last stretch of the journey right from Deval gains considerable height. Lohajung is the base of the Roopkund trek which is basically the transit point with a few lodges and a local bazaar as well.  In Lohajung, you can find one GMVN tourist lodge, 3 to 4 private hotels, and one panchayat tourist rest house. You can also find networks of all the major mobile here. Hot and delicious food will be served, while night stays in the tourist rest lodge/house.

On day 02, the trek will start in the morning. After having a healthy breakfast, get ready to walk on the freshly tarred motorable road towards the Didna village. After walking for almost an hour and a half on the flat surface, you will reach Kulling which is present at a distance of just 6km from Lohajung. From this point, we will take a right turn and gradually incline through the village area. Unless we reach a small stream, you will find a narrow concrete lane passing through the village and cut along houses and firming fields. Further, start descending unless you reach the river bed of Neel Ganga. Now cross the concreted bridge and start climbing the ridge which is present on your right side. You will the ascent to be moderately steep which usually ends as you reach the village of Didna. By lunch time, we will reach Didna village and have hot lunch after completing the days’ trek. The total distance covered on day 02 will be 10km which can be covered in almost 4-5 hours. Accommodation of the trekkers will be scheduled in a homestay.

Today we are going to start our trek to Ali Bugyal which is located at a height of 11,000 ft. Ali Bugyal is present on top of the mountain and can be seen from the backdrop of Didna. This trek will take you to the summit of the mountain. After reaching the first climb, the track will take you away from the village.It is important to know that Ali Bugyal is one of the highest inhabited locations in India. On the right side, you will find that track is ascending slightly with a gentle slope. While, on the left side, the trail is short but at the same time steeper. But both tracks will take you to the same destination. As you trek further, get ready to witness attractive meadows of the Himalayas where Ali Bugyal will welcome you. On your way, you will come across dense forests of Oak, Rhododendron, and Birch trees. After having lunch, you can visit the temple Bedni Kund. Night stay of all the trekkers is scheduled in camps in the lap of nature.

Day 04 is going to be a bit relaxing, so you can start your trek a little bit late. The next camping location is Ghora Lotani which is considered the most attractive camping spot. Continue walking and enjoy the pretty locations present in the adjoining area. Along the way, you will come across Patar Nachauni. On this day, get ready to experience steep altitude gain right from 12,500 ft to 14,500ft. The high altitude and long continuous walks are going to hurt your legs. However, thin air and weather changes might make it difficult for you to breathe. But the eye-catchy surrounding is sure to motivate you to reach the destination. After traveling for almost 10kms, you will reach the campsite. Ghora Lotani is sure to give you a good night’s sleep. Make sure you get a sound sleep at night because the next day is crucial and filled with adventure.      

Wake up early in the morning, witness the breathtaking sunrise and prepare yourself for the longest trekking day. After having breakfast, you must also do a few stretches. On day 05, you have to trek for almost 10kms on a steep slope. Start walking towards Bhagwabasa which is located around 14,000ft above sea level. As you trek further, you will find a zig-zag path that takes you across Kalyuvinayak temple. Make sure you wear proper trekking clothing and carry safety gear accordingly. Walk slowly and carefully because even a small slip can hurt you badly. As you reach high altitude, the oxygen level will also decrease and make you suffer from acute stomach pain or headache. But don’t the final trekking destination. This region comes with its own specialty as flowers here bloom only during the monsoon season.  

Get up early in the morning and start your day in order to reach the ultimate destination of your trek i.e., Roopkund. On day 06, you will find that the path is not that complicated to climb but still the 4km walk will make you tired like hell. The very first checkpoint is Chhirianag as you trek from Bhagwabasa. From this place only, the next point is Roopkund which is known as the mystery land. Here you can find skeletons of humans and some animals like horses. If you are lucky enough then you might even find almost 300 human skeletons at the edge of the lake. This view is breathtaking and sure to leave you stunned. From here, you have to trek along steep and hard terrain. Once you finish the steep climbs, you will reach Nanda Devi temple. This trip is going to be the longest as you have to cover a distance of almost 15km in 10-15 hours. Night stay of all the trekkers is arranged at the campsite amid the lush greenery. Go to bed on time and prepare yourself for the next day.

Day 07 is the last day of your trek where you need to walk and return back to the campsite of day 01. This time you have to travel on the right side of the track and is easy when compared to day 06. Along the path, you will see beautiful wooden huts. The bird tweeting on the way will surely make you feel relaxed. All the trekkers need to stay attentive because the slope is varying. You might find shortcuts rewarding but try avoiding such terrains as they are rough. After walking a few kilometers, you will reach an opening inside the dense forest known as Gahroli Patal. The village of Wan is your next stop after which you will descend further. Wan is a big & beautiful village along with mountains. On day 07, you have to cover the distance of 18km which involves 10 hours. Night stay will be scheduled in the tourist guest house where you can sleep comfortably on the warm bed.           

Wake up early in the morning, and enjoy a cup of hot tea with an amazing view of the mountains. On day 08, we will head back to Lohajung with lots of unforgettable and beautiful memories. The cab will drop you at the kathgodam railway station and from there all the trekkers can leave for their hometowns accordingly. In this way, we will mark the end of an exciting trekking trip. 

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FAQs

The Roopkund Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, renowned for its mysterious glacial lake known as Roopkund, which is famous for the skeletal remains visible at its bottom.

The Roopkund Trek typically spans around 7-8 days, covering a distance of approximately 53 kilometers round trip, depending on the chosen itinerary and pace of the trek.

The highest point reached during the Roopkund Trek is Roopkund Lake itself, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,785 meters (15,700 feet) above sea level, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The best time to embark on the Roopkund Trek is typically from May to October (except monsoon season), during the summer and early autumn months when the weather is favorable, and the trekking trails are accessible.

Yes, permits are required for the Roopkund Trek as it passes through the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. Trekkers need to obtain permits from the forest department or authorized agencies before commencing the trek.

Challenges during the Roopkund Trek include steep ascents and descents, crossing snowfields and moraines, navigating rugged terrain, and adapting to high-altitude conditions. Trekkers should be prepared both physically and mentally to tackle these challenges.

While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended to have a moderate level of fitness and some experience trekking in the Himalayas to fully enjoy and safely complete the Roopkund Trek.

Roopkund Lake is known for the skeletal remains visible at its bottom, believed to be the result of a catastrophic event. These skeletal remains, along with the pristine beauty of the lake and its surroundings, attract trekkers and researchers from around the world.

Yes, the Roopkund Trek passes through several remote villages inhabited by indigenous Himalayan communities, offering opportunities to experience the local culture, traditions, and hospitality.

Essential items to pack for the Roopkund Trek include appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy trekking boots, sleeping bag, trekking poles, water bottle, first aid kit, sunscreen, and personal medications. Additionally, carrying high-energy snacks and a headlamp or flashlight is advisable.

The starting point of the Roopkund trek is typically Lohajung, a small village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Pickup points for the trek are commonly arranged in both Kathgodam and Rishikesh, from where transportation is provided to Lohajung.

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